CHARLESTON, WV - Gov. Jim Justice today announced the appointment of Stephen McDaniel to serve as the director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The appointment became effective Feb. 6. McDaniel replaces Bob Fala, who served as director in 2015 and 2016.
"Steve brings both an enthusiasm for outdoor recreation and strong business background to the job, and I look forward to working with him to protect the state's land and wildlife, and to promote tourism in our state parks system," Gov. Justice said.
"I'm excited to have Steve be a part of our team at the Department of Commerce," said West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary H. Wood Thrasher. "I know he has big plans for the Division of Natural Resources, and I look forward to working with him in this new role."
McDaniel, a native of Bridgeport, attended West Virginia University and Fairmont State College, where he earned his bachelor's degree while helping his family establish and grow Total Health Services of WV, a medical supply company.
"Through my family's business, I visited nearly every county once a week. It's how I fell in love with West Virginia," McDaniel said. "I took this job because I see the opportunity to enhance the outdoor experience for the people of West Virginia and for the people that we want to bring in here to experience the things that we love. I've spent thousands of hours hunting and fishing. It's just something I love to do. I share Gov. Justice's passion for the outdoors and what can be done with this agency, and that's why I'm here."
McDaniel established the Mozark Mountain Tree Farm in Tucker County. He is also a member of Trout Unlimited and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.